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Primary Care, Urgent Care, ED: How Are They Different?

When an illness or injury comes up, it can be hard to know where you should head. Is it serious enough for the emergency department? Or can your primary care provider help? No need to worry, we’ll help you answer those questions. Here is a breakdown of the levels of healthcare.

Primary Care

Primary care is long-term care for your long-term wellness. This is where you would go to meet with your regular provider to discuss your overall health, mental or physical. Its focus is preventative practices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This is the stage of care that is very dialed into your health history. You build a rapport with your provider, and typically see them yearly for as long as they are practicing. The goal is to see your primary care provider for any illness or injury as long as it’s not life threatening. 

To find a Fairview Range primary provider, visit here

Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Hibbing
Hours: Mon – Fri | 7:30am – 5pm
3605 Mayfair Avenue
Hibbing, MN 55746
218-362-6937 or 866-806-7139

Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Mountain Iron
Hours: Mon – Fri | 7:30am – 5pm 
8496 Enterprise Drive South
Mt Iron, MN 55768

Fairview Mesaba Clinic – Nashwauk
Open: Mon – Fri | 7:30am – 5pm 
402 East Platt Avenue
Nashwauk, MN 55769

Emergency Department

You need help now. That’s when the emergency department comes in. Typically this involves a big accident, a heart attack, or more complex issues. Our ED is always open. We’ve designed our emergency waiting room specifically for the comfort of waiting family and friends. 

Our ED offers:

  • 24-hour physician emergency services
  • Highly trained, expert emergency nursing staff
  • Advanced diagnostic services, including:
    • CT
    • Ultrasound
  • Facilitate helicopter or ground transport, if needed 
  • 11 exam and treatment rooms
  • An isolation room
  • Critical care area

Fairview Range Medical Center 

North Entrance
750 East 34th Street
Hibbing, MN
Open 24/7 – 365 days a year 

Urgent Care

Urgent care is for when visiting primary care is unavailable, but the ED isn’t necessary. You need to be seen today, but you’re not dying. If primary care is closed, head to the ED. There, a triage nurse will determine if you should go to the urgent care or the emergency department. You typically would be sent to the urgent care if you come into the ED with a broken bone, a sore throat, or minor burns. 

Fairview Range Medical Center 
North Entrance
750 East 34th Street
Hibbing, MN
Open: Mon – Sun | 9am – 10pm – 365 days a year 

I’m Still Unsure. Where Do I Go? 

If it’s an emergency, call 911. If you’re still struggling, we suggest you call the clinic at 218-362-6937 and ask to speak with a nurse about your symptoms. They’ll be able to help you determine the right path for your care. Even after clinic hours, you can still reach a triage nurse at this number. 

Great Care at Every Level 

No matter your health situation, our clinic is here to serve you at every level. If we can’t treat you, we’ll transport you to the nearest place that can. Our goal is getting you back to healthy.


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